Tag: solastalgia

Can Philosophy go Viral?

A building at Paris International Airport, Corona architecture. Image by author. Humans have always contemplated the importance of the invisible in nature. To account for the invisible influences of the Earth and its cosmos, humans have invented ‘forces’ to explain their impacts. Spirit forces, even God(s) might be human inventions to help us understand the

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The Effort of Blame: Bushfires and Burnt Koalas.

I have meteoranxiety. The red, orange and yellow colours on the satellite weather screen indicate the intensity of precipitation. Yellow is moderate, red is heavy rain. I am being teased by the rain. Only the top of my head is wet but the most savage drought I have experienced in my lifetime (I am 66)

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Generation Symbiocene, Optimism and Symbiocene Identity

The loss of identity tied to a sense of place was one of the defining characteristics of my concept of solastalgia.[1] The issue of “identity” was even in the sub-title of the first publication devoted to it.  In my first publication on this topic I argued that, while solastalgia is a serious psychic condition, it

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Generation Symbiocene and Deep Mitigation

I have created the meme of the Symbiocene as a counter to the age of solastalgia within the Anthropocene. The Symbiocene offers the prospect of deep mitigation of the causes of global warming and species extinction. The foundations of this idea can be found in my essay Exiting the Anthropocene and Entering the Symbiocene In

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Solastalgia, PFAS and the Psyche: Contamination at Williamtown, NSW.

Solastalgia is the lived experience of negative environmental change. As a psychoterratic (psyche-earth) experience and emotion, solastalgia is now well established in the global literature on place and its transformation. Solastalgia has its origins in the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, while an academic at The

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Ecocide and Solastalgia

The sudden illness, then death of Polly Higgins (1968 – 2019) is a sad and monumental loss to all humanity. As a champion of the concept of ‘ecocide’, she was taking on the whole world. I believe she would have won. The affinity between her work and mine was captured in Earth Emotions in this

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Solastalgia: The Definition and Origins

Solastalgia I define solastalgia as the pain or distress caused by the ongoing loss of solace and the sense of desolation connected to the present state of one’s home and territory. It is the existential and ‘lived experience’ of negative environmental change, manifest as an attack on one’s sense of place. It is characteristically a

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We must move Inland to Cessnock: Sea Level Rise in Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Climate science has been warning us about chronic, negative environmental changes for decades now. However, the scientists have been wrong on almost every front. Wrong in the sense that every prediction they have made has been shown to be mistaken. Climate reality, as it has unfolded, has been worse than their predictions. The science has

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Eutierria

  A positive feeling of oneness with the earth and its life forces where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a deep sense of peace and connectedness pervades consciousness. (eu =good, tierra = earth, ia = suffix for member of a group of {positive psychoterratic} conditions). [Albrecht 2010] (Pronounced:

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